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Quick Facts

East Marvine Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10.5 Miles (17.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: May-November
Trail Number: 1822
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

Marvine Trail
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Marvine Trail
The trail leaves the Marvine Trailhead on the left side of the corrals, and crosses East Marvine Creek bridge and then follows the creek upstream 1/2 mile to the Flat Tops Wilderness boundary. From the Wilderness boundary, it is about 1 1/2 miles to Johnson Lake. Just above Johnson Lake, the Wild Cow Park Trail heads north to Big Ridge. The East Marvine Trail crosses numerous small streams as it winds its way to Rainbow Lake 2 miles above Johnson Lake. The cover has changed from aspen intermixed with lodgepole pine to predominantly Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. Roughly 1 mile above Rainbow Lake the trail leaves Marvine Creek and climbs 2 miles to the Flat Tops plateau. During the climb, the trail crosses several rock slide areas as it follows switchbacks to the top. Once on top, the trail crosses the rolling tundra between Big Marvine Peak to the south and Little Marvine Peak to the north for three miles to the Oyster Lake Trail. A spur of the Marvine Trail switchbacks to the top of Big Marvine Peak. The trail starts about 2 miles north of the Oyster Lake Trail and is delineated by rock cairns and wooden posts. Big Marvine Peak offers a panoramic view of the Flat Tops Wilderness and surrounding area.

Directions from Meeker: East Marvine Trail is located 35 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 28 miles; turn right, cross the bridge and turn left on the Marvine Creek Road (County Road 12) for 6 miles to the Marvine trailhead parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:00:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking There is a loading dock and are hitch racks at the trailhead.
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
East Marvine Campground - East Marvine Campground is located 36 miles east of Meeker at an elevation of 8,200 feet. It offers fishing and trail access.

Johnson Lake - Johnson Lake offers Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout fishing.

Marvine Trail - The Marvine Trail begins at the end of County Road 12. It accesses Marvine Creek and Marvine Lakes providing great opportunity to fish.

Marvine Lakes General Forest Area - The Marvine Lakes general forest area offers access to a number of lakes and trails in the central part of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area of White River National Forest.

Rainbow Lake - Rainbow offers Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat Trout fishing.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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